D3 Lacrosse: Wesleyan Wins First-Ever NCAA Championship

fP0ILBHzBy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

For the first-time in school history, the Wesleyan University men’s lacrosse team captured the national crown, defeating Salisbury University, 8-6, on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium in the 2018 NCAA Division III championship.

Harry Stanton capped his impressive four-year career with the Red and Black by netting a pair of goals, while setting-up his team’s final marker late in the third quarter, which provided Wesleyan with an 8-4 lead heading into the final session.

Wesleyan’s defense limited Salisbury to just a pair of goals during the final 15 minutes, while Otto Bohan halted the rally with his final save with 13 seconds remaining.

Bohan concluded the contest with 11 stops – he also ended the season with an impressive 17-2 record between the pipes.

The Cardinals secured a 4-0 lead to begin the game, thanks to goals from Stanton and Carter Hawthorne before Salisbury halted the short spurt with a Zach Pompea strike with two seconds remaining. Salisbury would close the gap with back-to-back markers in the second quarter from Corey Gwin before Stanton netted his final goal with 3:07 remaining in the stanza to provide Wesleyan with a 5-3 lead at the break.

Salisbury would again pull within one goal early in the third as Josh Melton buried a feed from Pierre Armstrong before Taylor Ghesquiere jumpstarted a three-goal run with 8:52 remaining in the session that helped the Cardinals enter the final stanza with an 8-4 advantage.

Wesleyan, which concludes its season at 19-3 overall, scored five impressive postseason wins this month, including a pair of victories against RIT and Tufts University to secure a match-up with the Sea Gulls. Wesleyan attempted to reach the finals last season, but saw their run conclude against the Tigers of RIT.

Additional D3 Sports Coverage To Be Produced Through NoontimeSports.com

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

As we slowly close the book on the 2017-18 school year – well, the past nine to 10 months of coverage, to be exact – I thought this would be a good time to dish out some exciting new content news for Noontime Sports!

As seen in our Twitter poll below, it appears you, the fans and friends of our blog, would like to see some additional D3 coverage that includes some non-New England schools. And yes, I oblige!

So, starting in late-June/early-July, we will begin our preseason football coverage with getting to know some non-New England squads, while still continuing to produce blogs and podcasts on teams from our New England/Northeast region.

We may also sprinkle in some soccer coverage, too, so make sure to stay connected with us on social media as we begin the next phase of our content creation journey!

Finally, be on the lookout for some high school coverage going forward, too. We will aim to have some postseason tournament coverage on the site over the next few weeks in Massachusetts as local teams begin their quest for winning the ultimate prize: a state championship.

As always, make sure to stay connected with Noontime Sports on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and SnapChat! 

D3 Football: MIT Unveils 2018 Schedule

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Udgam Goyal will look to quarterback the Engineers to their first NEWMAC title this fall. (PHOTO CREDIT: MIT Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It was announced just a short time ago the MIT football schedule for the 2018 season.

The Engineers, who concluded their 2017 campaign 7-3 overall, will kick-off their new season on Friday, August 31st when they host Becker College at 7 p.m. before traveling to Curry College one week later for a 7 p.m. kick-off on Friday, September 7th.

MIT topped Becker last season, but fell to Curry at home by a score of 15-7. The Engineers will play their final non-conference game the following Saturday – that would be September, 15th, to be exact – when they visit Endicott College for a 1 p.m. start.

One week later, the Engineers will hop into New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play, beginning with back-to-back home dates against Catholic University and Merchant Marine. The Engineers scored wins over both squads last season – both games occurred on the road.

MIT will compete in just a trio of games in October before closing out their regular season slate with a pair of early November tilts against Norwich University and Springfield College. The game against Springfield will be the team’s ‘Senior Day.’

The Engineers are slated to compete against Coast Guard AcademyMaine Maritime and WPI in October.

This season will mark a new era for the Engineers as they will be led by first-year coach Brian Bubna. Bubna is entering his ninth season with the program – he was previously the squad’s defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator.

Who will we be watching this season on MIT’s Football? 

  • Udgam Goyal (QB): Goyal enjoyed one of his better seasons under center last fall, completing 63 percent of his passes for 1,922 yards. He tossed 14 touchdowns, while rushing for a career-best 337 yards on 58 carries for five scores.
  • John Roberts (RB): The soon-to-be junior led the Engineers’ rushing attack with 882 yards on 166 carries for 11 touchdowns.
  • Andrew DeNucci (LB): DeNucci was always on our radar last fall, finishings econd on the team in total tackles (70.0). He registered 7.5 tackles for a loss of 25 yards and 2.5 sacks for a loss of 10 yards. He recorded 37 solo tackles, while assisting on 36 stops.

Stay connected with Noontime Sports Football on Twitter: @Noontime_FB – we will have various updates on the Twitter handle on college, high school and professional football as we get closer to a brand new season. 

Report: Coach Engelstad To Be Named Mount Saint Mary’s Men’s Basketball Coach

basketballBy Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

According to various sources, along with recent reports this morning, Mount Saint Mary’s is expected to hire Dan Engelstad as its next men’s basketball coach.

Engelstad is expected to replace Jamion Christian, who recently accepted the head coaching position at Siena College, per last week’s release from the school’s athletic department.

As noted in Kyle McFadden‘s piece on Medium.com last night, a source told him that Engelstad will be tabbed the program’s 22nd head coach on Wednesday.

In addition to McFadden, other reporters, including Rob Dauster and Tim Murray have also confirmed via their sources that Engelstad will become the program’s next head coach, too.

Since taking over the Southern Vermont College men’s basketball program five years ago, Engelstad has compiled an impressive record of 104-34. He guided the Mountaineers this past season to a 22-6 ledger, which included a trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament and New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Tournament crown.

Prior to taking over the SVC men’s basketball team, Engelstad spent time as an assistant coach at Mount Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross. As noted in his bio on the SVC website, Engelstad was the youngest Division I coach during the 2007-08 season.

D3 Football: Lebeau Elevated To Head Coach At WNE

WNE_Circle_logo_small_400x400By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

It was announced yesterday – Wednesday, May 8th, to be exact – that Jason Lebeau has been elevated to the head coaching position of the Western New England football team.

Lebeau, who has spent the past six seasons as the squad’s offensive coordinator, takes over for Keith Emery, who is stepping aside to relocate with his family. Emery will remain involved with the team as a in an advisory capacity, per Wednesday’s release.

“It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I accept the tremendous opportunity to lead the Western New England Football program,” Lebeau said in the Wednesday release. “It is my honor and privilege to lead a team of student-athletes that remind me of my “why” each and every day while working for an academic institution committed to success both on and off the field.”

Lebeau, who has spent the past eight seasons with the Golden Bears football program, was a three-year starter for the team on the o-line – he also earned the squad’s MVP honor his senior season before graduating in 2010. He would continue his education at WNE, earning his MBA in coaching six years later.

Under Lebeau’s direction, WNE’s offense has been tough to stop – the unit concluded its 2017 campaign second in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) in points (30.8) and yards (395.5) per game. The Golden Bears registered 300 or more yards in 10 of 11 contests last season, while tallying a season-best 534 yards in a 42-28 win over Curry College. The win over the Colonels helped the Golden Bears capture the inaugural CCC crown.

WNE concluded its 2017 season 8-3 overall, including 5-0 in conference play. The Golden Bears kick-off their 2018 season on Friday, August 31st when they visit Springfield College at 7 p.m.